The pathway in Botkyrka was already lit by bright halogen lanterns. While their strong and cold lamps shed light on the pathway, its glare and harsh contrasts isolated the path completely from its surroundings and had it be framed by a 'wall of darkness', resulting in the reported feelings of fear and discomfort.
As an alternative, we radically reduced the amount of light, which – in relation to the dark surroundings – resulted in much better sight. By changing the sources' position to the ground level and spreading an additional light directed towards the surroundings, the path was visually integrated with its environment: without the unnecessary glare and due to the evenly fading brightness the spatial isolation was lifted.
The concept was presented to the residents and representatives of the municipality in an interactive installation, in which we invited visitors to hear the recordings the lights react to, test the functioning of the vibration microphones which create the recordings and take a look at the technological core that transforms the footsteps into light.
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